John Fogerty To Donate 'Woodstock' Fee To Veterans If Indeed Cancelled
John Fogerty says that if "Woodstock 50" doesn't happen, he intends to donate his fee to military veterans. It remains up in the air if next August's "Woodstock 50" event will indeed take place after Dentsu-Aegis, the festival's financial backer, pulled out of the event earlier this week.
As it stands now, Woodstock 50 LLC -- led by organizer Michael Lang -- has denied the festival being iced, issuing a statement claiming they are "committed to ensuring that the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock is marked with a festival deserving of its iconic name and place in American history and culture."
Fogerty, who was among the handful of original artists from the 1969 festival set to play at the 2019 show, was asked what happened to cause this year's Woodstock to go from "go" to "slow" to a possible "no." He told Rolling Stone, "I wouldn’t want to speculate. I’m just a guy who plays guitar and is ready to show up. It’s not my job to know about the selection of artists or permits. But it’s a shame. They postponed announcing the tickets, and I remember reading a while ago that they didn’t have some of the permits. That just blew my mind. You’d think it would be the first thing you’d do and not the last thing. . . You got the sense there was some shakiness to this whole thing. But the first Woodstock happened more by people wishing for it to happen than any effort of great organization."
Fogerty -- who to his knowledge has already collected his fee to play the festival -- says that if there's no gig to play, intends on donating his full fee to military veterans: "I’m from old-fashioned America. I hate to be paid for doing nothing. So I would imagine donating it to a good cause. That would be the best use of the funds. . . I was looking forward to seeing how it would get reworked 50 years later. What the young people would think about it and what the younger artists would think. It’s not every day you get to go back to a 50-year reunion."
Fogerty went on to joke: "For 'Woodstock 75,' we can all still get together and sing 'Kumbaya.' They should start working on getting the permits right now."
Back in March at the "Woodstock 50" roll out at Manhattan's Electric Lady Studios, John Fogerty told us that due to his active service in the Army Reserves, he had a slightly more realistic view of the counter-culture's "them and us" attitudes during the 1960's: "When I would see groups of young protesters, or my friends would like to talk about the war, and the government -- and 'everything sucked'; they'd want to, like, show up and hurl epithets -- or even spit -- at soldiers. And I would tell my friends, some of them were musicians, (I'd say), 'Don't you understand that guy is 19-years-old. He's just like you. He likes everything that you like. He hates this stinking war. The only reason he's doin' it is because he has to. Otherwise, he's gonna go to jail for the rest of his life, or maybe be court marshaled and shot.'"